Archive: January, 2006

CoasterBuzz Podcast #19 - January 30, 2006

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posted by Jeff | Sunday, January 29, 2006, 11:52 PM | comments: 0

Jeff, Pat and Mike review this week's news in the amusement industry.

  • Expedition Everest is soft opening at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
  • Is Disney most dominant in Orlando? Any chance of that changing?
  • Disney buys Pixar, we try to find the importance to the industry.
  • Paramount Parks are up for sale... let the speculation begin on buyers.
  • Six Flags has a good two week run on announcements concerning changes around the company, ranging from agency changes, consultants, new executive appointments, non-smoking parks, etc.

CoasterBuzz Podcast #18 - January 16, 2006

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posted by Jeff | Tuesday, January 17, 2006, 1:35 PM | comments: 0

Jeff, Pat, Greg and Mike review this week's news in the amusement industry.

  • Paramount's Kings Island says they'll do Winterfest again next season.
  • Camp Snoopy no more, as Mall of America lets their Peanuts license slip.
  • Disney parks in Orlando have record holiday season. Is this the return of pre-9/11 tourism or really good marketing?
  • Six Flags chief says new rides aren't the key to boosting attendance, making things family friendly are.
  • There's no way of telling if all of the talk from the new Six Flags regime will be successful so we have to wait and see.
  • While temporary, some Six Flags parks momentarily said they would not allow re-entry into their parks. What the hell were they thinking?
  • Is "classism" a factor in pricing admission to the amusement parks?
  • Six Flags success going forward will depend on the perception of real value.

CoasterBuzz Podcast #17 - January 9, 2006

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posted by Jeff | Monday, January 9, 2006, 1:01 AM | comments: 0

Jeff, Pat and Mike review this week's news in the amusement industry.

  • Cypress Gardens looks for continued momentum.
  • Dick Kinzel honored by local paper. Is he in the same category as Walt Disney in the amusement industry?
  • Cedar Fair attendance up slightly, but results vary wildly by park.
  • AstroWorld auction: Who can or needs to buy these rides?
  • Orlando ticket prices rise again. The emphasis is clearly on multi-day visits and on-property stays.

CoasterBuzz Podcast #16 - January 2, 2006

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posted by Jeff | Monday, January 2, 2006, 1:00 AM | comments: 0

Jeff and Pat look back at the year that was 2005, in a 90-minute special. This episode is very loose and unstructured, with tangents all over the place. You've been warned!